Riverhead (LIRR station)

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Riverhead
Riverhead Station(July 2007).jpg
View of old Riverhead Railroad Station from Railroad & Cedar Streets (July 1, 2007)
Location Osborne Avenue & Railroad Street
Riverhead, NY
Coordinates 40°55′11″N 72°40′01″W / 40.919763°N 72.6669°W / 40.919763; -72.6669Coordinates: 40°55′11″N 72°40′01″W / 40.919763°N 72.6669°W / 40.919763; -72.6669
Owned by MTA / Town of Riverhead
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 5
Connections Local Transit Suffolk County Transit: 8A, S58, S62, S90, S92
McRide's Taxi
Construction
Parking Yes; Free
Bicycle facilities Yes; Bike Racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 14
History
Opened July 29, 1844
Rebuilt 1870, 1910
Previous names River Head
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 52[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Main Line
(Ronkonkoma Branch)
toward Greenport
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Calverton station Main Line
(current and former locations)
Aquebogue station

Riverhead is a station along the Main Line (Greenport Branch) of the Long Island Rail Road. It is located on Osborne Avenue and Railroad Street in Riverhead, New York, north of NY 25 (West Main Street) and the Suffolk County Court House.

History[edit]

Riverhead station was opened on July 29, 1844.[2][3] The station is listed as River Head in the 1852 timetable.[4] The original station house was moved for use as a railroad bunkhouse in March 1870 and the second depot was opened the same month. Between 1891 and 1969, it contained a turntable, water tower, and pump house. The third depot was opened on June 2, 1910, but the agency was closed on November 13, 1972. The station house was used for signal maintainers until the end of the 20th Century.

Riverhead station was restored in recent years with a high-level side platform and a fourth station house similar to 1910-built one, and it was sold to the Town of Riverhead in 2001. But the station house has been closed to the public in response to a rash of vandalism, theft, and even misuse as a bathroom. The station house is owned by the Town of Riverhead and the MTA uses a high level platform and other amenities instead. The station is also near the west end of the Riverhead Restoration Site of the Railroad Museum of Long Island. A collection of historic Long Island Rail Road cars and maintenance equipment can be found near the station.[5]

Nearby attractions[edit]

Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center

Platform and track configuration[edit]

     no service (yard tracks)
   Greenport Branch no stop (passing track)
1  Greenport Branch toward Ronkonkoma (Yaphank)
 Greenport Branch toward Greenport (Mattituck)

This station has one high-level side platform south of the tracks that is long enough for one and a half cars to receive and discharge passengers. The Main Line has two tracks at this location and a small yard with three tracks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "BROOKLYN & JAMAICA RAIL ROAD, LONG ISLAND R. R. 1852 TIMETABLE". arrts-arrchives.com. 
  5. ^ "LIRR Riverhead RMLI Museum". trainsarefun.com. 

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